United States Navy
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
January 13, 1967 - April 1, 1971
 

 

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Delbert D. Black was born July 11, 1922 in Orr, Oklahoma. He enlisted in the Navy on March 14, 1941.

On January 13,1967, the Secretary of the Navy announced that Master Chief Gunner's Mate (GMCM) Black was appointed as the first Senior Enlisted Advisor, the position that would evolve into Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy.

Master Chief Black was the first Navy enlisted man to receive the Distinguished Service Medal. He also held the Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Good Conduct Medal (7 stars), American Defense (1 star), American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific (8 stars), World War II Victory, China Service, Navy Occupation, National Defense Service Medal (1 star), Korean Service, Vietnam Service (3 stars), Antarctica Service, United Nations Service Medal, Philippine Liberation (2 stars), Philippine PUC, Vietnam Campaign with device, and Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross).
 

Click here to read Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Delbert D. Black's letter to Frank.